Look Elsewhere, Pierpont Tenants
I just read the article "Growing Pains" [May 21, City Weekly ].
Why don't the Pierpont Avenue tenants move to The Gateway or to Trolley Square? There are plenty of vacancies.
Salt Lake City
Noel Wants What's Good for His Clan
Mike Noel nobly says he wants to preserve land for his children and grandchildren ["The Herd Bull of the House," May 14, City Weekly ]. That sentiment sounds humble—even conservationist.
Yet, he also is tapping into every possible water source, pushing to develop much of his district with the promise of even more water as we sit in the middle of a drought with no end in sight. He likes the old movie and TV sets that lie abandoned and desiccated on public and private lands.
Like Mike Noel, I want to preserve land for my children and grandchildren. I know a lot of people who feel the same. But we don't want water-guzzling on our land. We know the historical difference between Swasey's Cabin and the abandoned Gunsmoke and Disney movie sets on our lands.
We don't want Noel's vision determining our land's future. And there's the rub: Noel wants what's good for his clan—with no regard for the faceless millions who also want what's good for their own clans, and who provide for their children's future through conservation and environmental protection of public lands.
Johnson Canyon is a beautiful place, and Noel is lucky to live there. Grand Staircase is even more beautiful, and I've enjoyed my visits into the backcountry, where no development has provided beauty comparable to that of the cliffs of Bryce and the stunning vistas of the Grand Staircase.
To get there, I pass a dust pit with heavy machinery at the fork in the road. If that's Noel's idea of proper land management, I'm glad there are more of us nationwide working to keep our land in public/federal hands.
Salt Lake City
The "Give My Life For ..." People
Heavy nuclear waste should not be allowed into Utah.
If it is allowed in, it will be stored either in containers above or below ground. If I were one of the "Give my life for ..." people, and I wanted to kill and hurt as many Americans as I could, I would hope Utah would accept heavy nuclear waste. After much planning, money and homemade bombs, I would drive three large pickups to the waste dump filled with my items. I would kill any guards and attach my bombs to the containers (I may have to use a bomb to clear the dirt off the underground containers). I would set off my explosives, which would release nuclear material into the air.
This would be a "dirty bomb" that the wind would blow across our state and others. The longer the wind blew the radiation, and the farther away, the more dispersed and the less dangerous it would become.
"They would never do that," you might say. Remember the poison mustard gas used in World War I? Several battlefields are still unsafe to enter.
The "Give my life for ..." people have no morals. Nor do the leaders who train, support and send these people. Those leaders are also trying to hide their involvement so they will not be blamed.
Do not allow nuclear heavy waste within our borders—we may need the distance to survive.
Salt Lake City